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his comments raised eyebrows. this is what he said: the reality is the russians are where they are, they have a shrinking population base, a withering economy, a banking sector that is not likely able to withstand the next 15 years. they're clinging to something in the past that is not sustainle. is he speaking for the president and is the message essentially that the u.s. has the upper hand when it's dealing with russia? >> no and i don't think that's at all what the vice president meant. remember the vice president was the first person in the administration in an important speech which he gave in munich, germany shortly after president obama's inauguration that we wanted to reset or relationship with russia.
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and we know that that's not easily done. it takes time, it takes trust building and we want what the president called for during his recent moscow summit. we want a strong, peaceful and prosperous russia. and so there is an enormous amount of hard work being done and we view russia as a great power. >> i don't think you could see the cast there. by now almost everyone knows she had that broken elbow. she says even though she has physical therapy every day, one of the challenging things is all the hands she's supposed to shake, especially during these overseas trips. >> part of the job, she's a diplomat. also, a lot of talk about her future, much speck lags, will she run for president herself? she sort of put the damper on that by basically saying it's extremely unlikely. >> famous last words, though. >> i think we heard that from her before.
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>> those are the key words right before someone announces. >> we're starting to see the next presidential race shape up already. sarah palin. who knows. stick around, insomniac theater coming up.
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>> i >> insomniac theater time. this week vinita and i went looking for love in all the wrong places. >> we both saw romantic comedies. i saw "the ugly truth." i've never seen a movie get zero stars. this movie had zero stars so i expected very little. the plot is she plays a morning show producer and she has a
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really horrible male chauvinist correspond et. they make an agreement. he says if i can't get you the i go of your dreams, i'll leave the show. he teaches her how to talk on the phone, do all the things she needs to understand in order to get her man. of course her big concern is one simple thing. take a listen. >> i don't want to be perceived as a bimbo. >> and i don't want to you be a bimbo. you have to be two people, saint and the sinner, the librarian and the stripper. on the one hand you have to push the guy away with cold indifference and on the other hand you have to be a sexually teasing tornado. >> i have to say the movie -- i have to say this movie is raunchy and it's not raunchy because of nudity. it's raunchy because of the language and dialogue. it's very predictable, it's about 0ments longer than it needed to be.
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i have to give it two and a half kernels. i don't know if it's worth going to see. >> wait for the video to see that according to vinita. >> i saw a great one called "500 days of summer." it's about a girl named summer. she goes to work at a growthing card company where she meets ted, a wanna-be architect suck in an undesirable job writing greeting cards. >> well, you're a perfectly adequate greeting card writer. >> thank you. that was actually my nickname in college, they called me perfectly adequate and handsome. >> they used to call me anal girl. i was very neat and organized. >> that joke got a lot of laughs in the movies. this is the first movie i've ever laughed in the first 15
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seconds. very funny, five kernel s, terrific movie. go s ??+sç
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>> p >> president obama pushes for health care reform. the impact senator ted kennedy's absence is having on the debate. >> then america's national mall is? desperate need of a makeover. the growing price tag and the people reluctant to pay for it. >> and under new management. the police department that now protects and serves donuts. >> i always wanted to be knee deep in dough. >> it's monday, july 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we had to convince that
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officer to eat a donut on camera. he said i don't want to stereotypes about cops eating donuts >> good actor. >> they were good. i is should have brought some back. maybe they'll send us some. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. lawmakers on capitol hill remain deeply divided over the best way to fix the nation's health care system. democrats in the senate say they're going to need republican help to get the voice passed. >> one influential voice missing is that of senator kennedy, who is battling brain cancer? >> reporter: here on capitol hill, nearly everyone agrees if the liberal lion were here. as he stays home in massachusetts for treatment of a brain tumor and an occasional sailing trip, senators say he's closely monitoring the debate on c-span and e-mail but his influence is said to be limited by his increasing difficulty in
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communicating. >> he's willing to make it a true bipartisan bill. >> now the bill he calls the cause of his life is stalled. with democrats waivering in their support, the senate is nearly certain to miss president obama's deadline to pass it by august. >> there are not the vote for democrats to do this just on our side of the aisle. >> friends say when it comes to a vote, if kennedy has the strn, nothing will stop him from returning to vote. >> if they can get a bill put together, he'll be one of those who will want to be there. >> reporter: it's been nearly three months since the last return of the senator from massachusetts. president obama has set a new deadline. he now wants a health care reform bill he can sign into law by the end of the year, a job made much more difficult by the absence of the issue's top advocate on capitol hill. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> sarah palin is now alaska's former governor with unclear plans for what she will do next. palin stepped down yesterday
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after a campaign speech to thousands of supporters. she said nothing about her political future. but she did unleash some harsh words on the media. >> you have such important jobs, reporting facts and informing the electorate and exerting power to influence. you represent what could and should be a respected, honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy. democracy depends on you and that is why -- that's why our troops are willing to die for you. so how about in honor of the american soldier, ya quit making things up. >> reporter: palin will speak at the ronald reagan library on august 8th. she is also expected to write a bach. her political action committee has already raised more than $1 million. >> this morning knee requestia
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is indicating it's own to one-on-one discussions with the u.s. about its nuclear ambitions. secretary of state clinton says the u.s. will only talk to north korea within a six-party format that includes its neighbors. >> police in mexico say they have the man who killed a border patrol agent last week in san diego county. agent robert rosas was shot to death as he worked alone tracking illegal immigrants in a remote area. his murder led to a massive man hunt. mexican police say the suspect had a border patrol issued gun in his clothing when he was arrested. >> there could be another twist in the arrest of henry louis gates which touched off a national debate on race. the woman who initially called 911 told the "boston herald" she never said black men were breaking into the house. she wants the world to know she's not a racist. it appears the white house
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meeting between gates and the officer who arrested him will take place soon. here's yunji de nies. >> reporter: this is sergeant james crowley on friday taking an unexpected phone call. >> you could hear a pin drop. . all these guys looking at each other going is this a hoax? >> reporter: david runs this bar, a cambridge police favorite. the two spoke for five minutes. when he hung up, the bar went wild. >> people were high fiving, sergeant crowley was probably the kwaiestest man in the bar. i looked over at his face. what i saw was like a cocktail of emotion. >> reporter: perhaps inspired by the setting, crowley suggested that he, the president and gates meet for a beer. the white house says they'd like that meeting to happen in the next few days. >> the beer at the white house
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starts the conversation. >> reporter: cambridge meyer will continue that in a forum on race later this month. >> how do we not focus on what happened but what we need to take place so it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: because while not everyone can go to the white house, plenty of people have something to say. yunji de nies, abc news, cambridge. >> when the stock markets open this morning, investors will be hoping a recent winning streak continues. the dow begins the week at 9093. it has climbed 11 points in the last two weeks. traders will be watching new tradings for signs of a better health. >> the violent weather that ripped through the new york city area is tapering off this morning but it is leaving behind a big clean-up job. torrential downpour, hail, lightning and powerful winds battered the area yesterday knocking down trees and power
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lines. saturday a tornado touched down in upstate new york, tearing through four miles and damaging more than two dozen homes. i was out earlier in the evening last night. there were tree limbs down in the middle of new york city. it was pretty crazy. just scattered showers in the northeast today, rain and thunderstorms from the carolinas to florida and along the gulf coast. strong storms around the great lakes today. thunderstorms in the southern rockies. >> 83 in colorado spring, 91 in albuquerque. near 21 degrees above normal in the pa sick northwest. highs in the 80s for saint lieu eshs indianapolis and fargo. 87 here in new york, baltimore and atlanta. >> doesn't it seem like we do a lot of stories about robots? >> they're all equally as creepy. >> here's another one for you. cutting edge technology is creating humanoid robots like we've never seen before. are they on track to outsmart man? wouldn't be tough to do. >> this would make you wonder if it could happen.
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this guy can open doors and navigate on its own. when it's running out of juice, it can actually find a socket where it can recharge all without any human guidance. >> it stays alive basically. one scientist says if we're lucky in the future super smart robots will treat us like pets. if we're unlucky, they'll treat us like food. they're going to kill us all. >> i'm glad you're so realistic about the outcome there. we'll be right back. ♪ i can do, it i can do it ant a cleaner
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over the next two years if there is no swift action in the government. here's stephanie cy. >> reporter: ah, summer camp. when the most you used to have to worry about was poison ivy and mosquitoes. ♪ now i don't want this should scare you but my bunk mate has malaria ♪ >> reporter: that was until swine flu reared its ugly head. >> within the moment the first bus arrived into camp someone had a fever and was immediately quarantined. it grew. we had one cares then two. >> reporter: then dozens. this camp in maine had 94 cases, aflibting kids as young as 7. >> how many of you have had swine flu this summer? five of you? >> it didn't really feel like the real flu. it just felt like you had a cold. >> reporter: at the peak there
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were nearly 70 campers and counselors that had to be isolated at one time in a room like this. the required amount of time for quarantine, a whole week. >> reporter: the experiences of swine flu in summer camp has really taught us how easily this virus can be transmitted in a residential setting with young people. >> reporter: police tape separated sick campers from the others. >> it felt like you're zoo animals. >> reporter: all three swartz brothers got it. >> the worst part about it it was all of a sudden. >> i did not feel good at all. i got my temperature checked and it was 103. >> reporter: the camp took the extreme measure to aftering tamiflu to all campers and counselors. with campers living in close quarters, it seemed a necessary solution. hygiene and coughing etiquette were drilled into the campers. >> we took at least 6,000
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temperatures. >> reporter: surviving swine flu has become a sort of badge of pride here symbolized by t-shirts and bead bracelets. >> it was known as the swine symbol. >> it's the closest thing to the hazard symbol we could find. >> reporter: most reported cases have been mild but health experts say summer camp season is only a precursor to the school year. >> we'll have to figure out who to detect it early, isolate people with symptoms and treat appropriately. >> reporter: stephanie cy, abc news, belgrade, maine. >> surgical mask are something you doesn't always see at summer camp. the c c expects twice the number of people who normally get regular flu to get swine flu. >> this could be interesting. they're talking about doing a series of shots depending on how old you are. something we haven't seen really before. >> they're saying if you get this shot, they really expect
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the numbers to go down. >> the national mall? washington, d.c. is the most visited national park, really considered a treasure. >> this summer tourists doesn't like what they see. rach are the martins reports. >> reporter: it's home to lincoln and verveson, dramatic from a distance but up close the mall is a mess. big patches of dead grass, dirty water, which has even killed some ducks. >> i thought it would be really clean but when i looked at it, it really smelled. >> reporter: the biggest problems are the sea wall near the jefferson memorial. >> the sea walls are sinking and moving north. that's a very bad thing. >> reporter: and the refleting pool built in 1924. >> since that time we've been repairing and repairing it but we get leaks in the fondation constantly. >> reporter: the interior department says repairing the mall will cost nearly $400 million. the park service was allocated
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those to $5 million from the stimulus bill but some members of congress even oppose that. >> i believe strongly that the mall ought to be kept up, part of our normal discussion, not part of emergency process? >> reporter: so why can't they find the money to take care of the national park right outside its door? >> you're not going to find people her going to spend political capital that isn't going to help them deliver votes back home. >> reporter: and back home is never washington, d.c. the capital has no voting representative in congress. congress doesn't scrimp when it comes to its own buildings and lawn main attend by a staff of nearly 2,000. but america's front yard continues to fall into disrepair. >> i'm terribly embarrassed when i come out and see this like this because i know how we want it. sometimes you just need a little help to do that. >> reporter: help that so far has been slow to come from the capitol, just a stone owes throw
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away. >> it is disappointing to see when you consider for how many people that is the the family vacation. like rachel mentioned, it really is an issue of politics. the other projects do have powerful congressmen who represent them. >> big projects in washington state, west virginia, money that could have gone to places like the national mall. it's such a gorgeous place. dc is beautiful regardless. it would be nice to have some nice grass growing there. >> when we come back, a ballpark smooch that is getting oh, so much attention. >> and amy winehouse's day in court. we'll have the "skinny" just a minute away.
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>> all right. we start this morning with a good picture because it basically confirms all of the rumors that have been going on about a-rod and kate hudson. >> finally. >> take a look at this. they are definitely together. that's more than just friends right there. this is taken at the team's annual family picnic. there's been plenty of speculation about the two of them. they were there, they were kissing. his kids were there. even though they'd only been photographed two weeks ago together, they're together. >> there was all this paparazzi of them sneaking into places one after the other. now finally right there in public the smooch seen 'round the world. the stage manager tonight thinks they look cute together, right? all right. >> she moves quick. >> she does. there have been several kissing partners. >> octo mom, the contracts are signed, the is are dotted, the ts are crossed, the ink is dry and apparently these kids are about to get paid.
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this reality show is going to happen. we now know that the children will each earn $250 a day to star in this reality show. when you add it all up collectively the kids will get about $250,000 over three years pending a judge's approval. basically part it have will have to be put into a trust for when they're 18 but most it have can just go to whoever, i guess. this is from the same people who produce "breaking bonaducci and "the biggest loser. get ready, like it or not they're coming to a reality tv show near you >> is there any premise -- >> i think it's just mom trying to raise -- >> they're so young. ion i don't know how that dialogue -- >> would you watch that? >> i think i might watch it once for the freak value of it all. >> i'm sure they're banking on that. >> good news for amy winehouse. interesting defense and they decided she is not guilty of deliberately hitting a fan.
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part of her defense, more or less, came down to height. she said at 5'3" wearing ballet flats, there's no way she could have punched a woman who is 5'7". after a two-day trial, they've found she's not of pushing a woman in the eye. she says she was too short and she was scared. she will not be incarcerated like her poor blake. >> and he's not incarcerated. >> and no longer hers ? >> i had a little gut check with my boy tracy morgan. i'm walking through new york and i see this yellow lamborghini. i'm with my friend also named jeremy. i see a guy and i'm like that's tracy morgan. i expected him to be kind of in a hurry and he's like, ex, no, that's fine. we have a little snapshot. >> it's so nice to hear he's as cool as his character on "30 rock." he's school, funny,
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grinning ear to ear. >> what did that necklace say? >> number one dad. >> that's great. we need more jeremy pictures.
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found out it's a real success story. >> in tount of claire, michigan, a half dozen stores have recently shut their door. the local change is a donut shop. a group of loyal customers stepped in at the last minute and saved the place. and they already knew a thing or two. >> no calories added. >> about donuts. >> now i know where all the cops are. >> reporter: the claire police department now protects and serves -- donuts. ignoring that ol' cliche, earlier this month they bought the bakery. >> took us about ten minutes to decide we wanted to keep it going and let's buy it. >> customers are lining up from all over the country. both amazed and certain.
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>> if the police would take their time and money and invest in a local business so that they could stay here instead of going under. >> since we've kind of taken advantage of the so-called stereotype, people are drawn to us. >> reporter: they're rolling out 120 dozen long johns, fritters and fry cakes every day and can barely step up. this one business has already created new jobs. already they've received calls from entrepreneurs wanting to franchise their idea. >> do you like your donut? for now the officers are content to save their own home, one donut at a time. they all pooled their money and they're having a real good time
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>> health >> health scare. french president nicholas sarkozy is rushed to the hospital. what we know about his condition. >> then palin's farewell. her first day as a regular gal from alaska. so what is her next move? >> and man versus machine. could super smart machines turn on us one day? >> i know that you and frank were planning to disconnect me and i'm afraid that's something i cannot allow to happen. >> it's monday, july 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i sure hope they never have anchor robots.
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you had a theory they'll have them, they'll never be so good good -- >> it will be a far crowd from what ear dealing with now. good morning, thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> there are health concerns thorn for the president of france. nicholas sarkozy is in the hopped after a medical emergency. so far all the tests have turned out normal. sonia is driving us on lon day with the latest. president was expected to be at hospital this morning. he said he collapsed while jogging. a government spokesperson denied he had lost consciousness. the french leader was rushed to a nearby military hospital where doctors carried out a whole battery of test. his wife rushed to his side ands
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with him at the hospital. according to a government smokesman, those tests have so far showed nothing wrong. but he had recently been on a bit of a demanding diet and exercise regime, which could have caused him to push himself a little bit too much. sarkozy has always been conscious of maintaining an image and being a man of action. he has frequently invited the press to photograph him jogging and exercising, while in the past french leaders have kept their health issue very much under wrap. >> thank you, sonia. >> the issue of israeli settlements in the west bank hangs over a series of meetings being held across the middle east this week. several u.s. officials are in the region as they try to move closer to a come hence of peace agreement.
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good morning, simon. >> it's being surprised by some as a diplomatic offensive by the u.s. four senior strangers. the first stop for george mitchell, damascus and president obama is determined to pal si sill -- >> to get that process started, the u.s. wants israel to stop building settlement on lands the palestinians want for their state. so far israel has confused causing real tension. but this settlement near jerusalem act like that i don't any water.
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then theyin variety -- the next day, israel is starting a new settlement. for prime minister netanyahu. a settlement freeze it accept can't do it. >> it make sense. every american will tell you mine comes first. >> because the president wants this to be a regional peace plan, george mitchell dashed off to cairo last night. when he's afternoon to put with alan skrainka leaders, then i'll face to face with net you're. simon, secretary gates is in the region approximately what's on his agenda? >> he'll be on the crowned only
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for six -- he'll be here to reassure the skeptical israelis. secretary gates will be trying to reassure them and also warning them as he's done before, don't surprise us with any union late wall military strikes -- unilateral hilt strikes. >> work on legislation in congress is slowing the process and one key lawmaker says democrats will need republican support to get a bill passed. rachel martins has more. >> on the sunday talk show the war of words over health care reform is escalating. >> i like the president but he's out of control and he's been leading a stampede more spending and debt and taxes and government takeovers.
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>> my goal is to protect the right of every american to make their own health care decisions. >> president barack obama had been pushing squabbling lawmaker -- before the august congressional recession. but that deadline has flipped. >> this is going to affect every american. very fewish tiffs affect every american. we're still working on that last 20%. >> reporter: right now the president nay not have enough democratic votes to do this either. so it's not possible to have the kate on the -- >> no. cat say the 0 to 60 percentage in the senate.
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if they all got together, they could pass a bill. >> it looks like henry louis gates and officers james crowley could be meeting for test since getting home from cool. here is look at the monday forecast. showers from new york to the dc, hours and southeast yet you. 8 in portland, 92 in seattle, those are the restraining order highs she's talking about. a high of 90 for omaha, 80 in the east coast being 89 for dallas -- >> boggles the mind.
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>> sarah palin stepped down as alaska's governor. she lashed out at the news media and defended her idea to skip federal stimulus money. >> palin did not reveal clues about what she might do next. it is always great to be in fair bakes. the rugged, hearty people who live up hoar and patriotic at, is the steadfast of our smor of
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. >> >> there is a real concern emerging after a meeting of the mind as few months ago in california. >> scientists are concern that someday machines might outdo
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humans. >> i know that you and frank were planning to disconnect me. i'm afraid that's something i cannot allow to happen. >> reporter: to the semis that take over the truck stop and maximum overdry, to the machines battle star glabt call. but now a group of real life sin advertiseds is talking about this very approach. >> what was when we have robots smarter than us 50, a hundred years from now. i've not sure, about if we'll super smart robots will treat us like puts. if we're unlucky, so we schansed
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him. there the recent technological developments that give sign lists paws. professor tom mitchell, who was at that meeting of scientists in california says the notion of machines developing their own agenda is far federal reserve chairmanned. it >> this idea that we shouldly go to smarter in computers. what professor mitchell does worry about is that can turn our cell phones against us are stealing our valuable information. or those predator zone spy lames being able to maybe my sis. it puts human too far away from the slaughter and what really
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happens. >> we're been likely to change. the most we can hope for is that we will hurl down this path were our wes wide pb. am and -- the scientist group will be putting out their final report this fall. they say they're optimist being a safe course can be charted. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> we see examples of that right here on our show. our cameras are robots. >> wait. what's going -- i think it's got a mind of its own. >> and the oscar goes to vinita nair. >> back robot camera.
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we don't have time? what do we do? there is concern about the job market. what if they take over cab driver jars. is that how did you it?
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>> announc >> announcer: "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> i saw tracy morgan from 30 rock. we showed the picture earlier. there we were in soho, like we're best of friends. i know, vinita, you would like to have met him, too. you're a pig fan -- >> i know where this is headed. >> took artistic license added you into the picture. >> it like you were there. >> it doesn't look photo shopped at all. >> hey, so they had the big
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binghamton mets ago but the real harr light came when the mascot took the feel. it the bing am tonight be -- he gets a little stinger. >> oh! i don't think they have in the padding in their tuite, do they. >> just wanted to show you mid voe of him. there he is whacking out, wounded. >> here's another picture where you don't really need a story. this is in scotland. this is what happens when you try to close a johnny walker plant there. >> they don't like it. >> 20,000 people took to the
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street. those are not all employees. they're mat at customers. >> in a town this one, the motion of raching this city in a will the of ways. but dwov do you close -- it should be certainly from like 1820. they'retory historying to figure out into a solution. >> so there's this fwoi, he gets letters, phone calls, packaging, his name is neil armstrong. he thought of it a few year bag. he -- he gets calls, e-mails from people thinking he's the
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my history homework. isn't that jennifer's? mom, everyone does it. it's called sharing. is that another word for cheating? mom, dad love us enough to ask the important questions.
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because if you don't... who will? sarah palin's farewell speech if also a canned speculation about what she might do next. >> then family tragedy. the explosive accident on a new york highway. what one of the drivers did just moments before impact. >> and insomniac theater goes looking for love at the movies. are "the ugly truth" and "500 days of summer" worth your time? it's monday, july 27. >> announcer: from abc news, there is "world news now." >> we won't give away too much except to say that one of these movies got five kernels.
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>> from the loose cannon rater if you ask me. >> we'll see if you agree. >> good morning. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. sarah palin wakes up this morning a private citizen for the first time in more than two and a half years. she's left behind the government's office for a bigger public stage. >> but her specific plans remain a mystery. neal karlinsky has been following her on her farewell tour around alaska. >> reporter: sarah palin is no longer alaska's governor. >> thank you so much for that very warm welcome. >> reporter: on a hot, sunny day in fair banks, she took the stage to hand over power to the little known lieutenant governor. >> it breaks my heart because we voted for her and we believe in her. she's on honest. she's a breath of fresh air. >> she made this drive in a camper loaded with her husband and kids, writing on the twitter page about the rock and country tune she's listening to, no reflecting, no looking ahead. >> i think we'll have a very
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smooth transition. we'll have a new governor who is boring and it will be back to politics and government and usual in alaska. >> reporter: the whirl wind political journey of alaska's youngest governor end as year and a half early but why? >> can you tell us how you plan to work for the people? >> reporter: her political action committee has already raised more than a million dollars just this year. next month she's been invited to appear at a gop event at the reagan library and there's talk of a book deal. but the self-proclaimed hockey mom, who has become one of the most prominent republican leaders in less than a year isn't saying what her plans are and neither is her husband. >> it's been an awesome experience. she's very happy to serve residents of alaska and on to the next chapter of life. >> reporter: that's the question. what's the next chapter? >> i guess we'll have to wait and see. >> reporter: palin likes to talk about her distaste of politics as usual.
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she's giving up political office early, leaving pundits and analysts only to speculate. >> she has some time to figure it out but not an endless amount of time. she probably has about a year. once mid-term elections take really got to decide. >> reporter: her closest personal adviser tells abc news we may be seeing even more of her, campaigning in the lower 48 for issues and candidates that she believes in. neal karlinsky, abc news, fairbank, alaska. >> aop democrat has conceded republican help is needed to get the president's health care reform plan through the senate where it is currently stalled. behind the scenes senator ted kennedy is playing a large role despitec cancer. here's john hendren. >> reporter: senator edward kennedy is the missing man in the battle for health care reform. on capitol hill nearly everyone agrees things would be different if the liberal lion was here. >> he's the only person i know
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who can corral it and get it done. >> reporter: as he stays home in massachusetts for treatment of a brain tumor, colleagues say kennedy is closely monitoring the debate but his influence is said to be limited by his increasing difficulty communicating. today the health care reform he calls the cause of my life is stalled. with democrats wavering if their support, they're nearly certain to miss president obama's deadline by august. >> there are not the votes do this just on our side of the aisle. >> on kennedy's rare return to washington, even the president takes notice. >> to sir edward kennedy. that's the kind of greeting a knight deserves. it is thrilling to see you here, teddy. >> reporter: in his absence his colleagues invoke his name hoping also to borrow his legislative prowess. >> senator ted kennedy, who is
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wrestling with his own health care crisis at this very hour and has beenin automobile to with with us. >> reporter: when health care reform comes to a vote, friends say if kennedy has the strength, nothing will stop him from returning to the capitol. >> if they can get a bill put to the, he'll want to be there. >> reporter: kennedy has come back to vote several times since his diagnosis but it's been three months since the last return of the senator from massachusetts. president obama has set a new deadline. he now wants a health care reform bill he can sign into law by the end of the year, a job made much more difficult by the absence of the issue's top advocate on capitol hill. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> a health scare forced french president nicholas sarkozy to go to the hospital. he was jogging and collapsed. he never lost consciousness and tests performed were normal. a friend says sarkozy is, quote,
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doing well. >> the thorny issue of jewish settlements in the west bank is on the agenda this week as george mitchell travels to that region. mitchell opened a new round of peace evidents yesterday but he's also working to settle differences between the u.s. and israel over settlements. president obama has called for a halt in the construction. >> here at home that proposed white house meeting between president obama, henry louis gates and cam bridge police sergeant crowley is in the works. president obama's spokesman says their get together is being worked on. >> sergeant crowley told the president he was game and i've read that professor gates is the same way so hopefully we can get that done in the next several days. >> crowley suggested the men have a beer to the when president obama called him last week. the controversy exploded when the president said police acted, quote, stupidly when they arrested gates. >> it is another day of
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worsening drought in texas. there are 230 public water systems in the state which are under mandatory water restrictions, including those in and near dallas, san antonio, austin and houston. the government says 77 of 2 4 counties are in extreme or exceptional drought. no other state has even one county in that category. >> better call the nairs and showers. >> and stop watering lawns. >> here's your monday forecast: strong storms aren't great lakes from illinois to minnesota, humid with pop-up showers from new york to d.c. the the heat wave continues in the pacific northwest. >> a high of 98 in portland and 92 in seattle. phoenix hits a scorching 113, sacramento 102, 84? detroit, 86 in the twin cities. it will be 80s from boston to lant it. >> all right. well, help me out here again. we may be in the middle of summer but it was christmas in july deep in the heart of texas.
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>> thousands turned out over the weekend to cheer up a 5-year-old cancer patient. reagan richard's father planned a christmas parade after doctors gave her just weeks to live. there was even snow thanks to a movie production crew. raying en's dad said she loved it. >> what a great dad, too. >> and good for the town. nicely done. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ make my wish come true, all i want for christmas is you ♪ assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your
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>> a fiery accident north of new york city killed eight people sunday afternoon, including four children. >> such a sad story. witnesses say a minivan entered a busy parkway going the wrong way, causing an explosive collision with two other cars. wabc's tim fleischer reports. >> reporter: the burned out shelf this minivan coming to rest, crumpled in the median here, a twisted remnant of a horrific crash claiming the lives of a woman and four children. still up on the northbound lane, an suv in which three men died. >> it was fully involved in flames and a woman was on fire. the guy saved a young kid's life. >> reporter: the state police say somehow the driver got on the parkway heading south. the minivan coming into this suv, heading northbound, the two colliding head on. two other passengers in the third vehicle were injured but the tragic death toll in this
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horrible accident totals eight people. >> it was a 36-year-old woman and five children. the woman and four of those children were killed in the accident. they all reside in long island. the occupants of the suv that they struck, three men in that vehicle who were all killed, they reside in yonkers. >> the woman had two of her own children in the car and two nieces. investigators are looking for more witness eand examining several nearby entrances and exits to the northbound parkway where the minivan's driver might have headed in this deadly direction. there we have witnesses at this time who we're ent viewing who had to swerve and avoid being struck which the vehicle. >> reporter: one by one the bodies of the victims were carried to waiting vans as police and firefighter who is fought to save their lives stool solemn nearby. >> four children that are dead, it's just a tragedy all around.
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>> reporter: reporting from hawthorne, new york, tim fleischer for abc news. >> you heard tim mention many of these vick trims were from the same family. they range in age from 2 to 9. there's a 2-year-old, 5-year-old, 7 and 9-year-old and a 5-year-old boy in the hospital doing better in white plains. >> this is the second wrong-way accident, that same day. earlier in the day someone else did the same thing and five people were injured in that one. >> maybe there's confusion about signs. you hear about those wrong-way accident as lot. >> after beating cancer, cyclist lance armstrong is looking ahead to a tour de france victory next year. >> he finished third in this year's competition. the champion is roberto contador. i guess no retirement for armstrong any time in the future. >> it's so strange to not see him right there on the top of the winner's platform, too.
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maybe next year. >> when we return, the debate over health care reform and if congress can meet that important deadline. >> and how the president got in the middle of a conflict involving a black harvard scholar and a white cop. that story next.
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>> it seems just about everyone in washington has an opinion about health care reform, including senators who are under pressure to come up with a plan. >> it was a hot topic on the sunday talk shows but we begin with another big issue involving a harvard scholar's arrest and a meeting to mend fences at the white house. >> announcer: "face the nation" with bob schieffer. >> they both expressed interest. i expect that it will happen. i think the president sees this as an opportunity to get dialogue going on an issue that's had historic -- that's been historically troubling and one he's worked on and they both seem very eager to move forward. so i expect it will. >> but i was just wondering, was there any particular incident the next day that made him realize that i need to get this straightened out? >> no, but i think, bob, he
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certainly is a -- he's aware of -- he reads widely, he, you know, gets summaries of coverage, he see being some coverage. i think he understood that the debate was veering off in the wrong direction and as he said that his words may have contributed to that so he felt a responsibility to step forward and kind of cool the situation down and acknowledge the fact that he had, as he said, calibrated his word poorly and had contributed to that. that's what he did and i think it's had the desired effect. i think people are talking more constructively now. i think the steam has gone out of this. maybe instead of heat being generated, maybe a little light will be generated off of this situation. >> i want to go back. he did get assurances from both of them that they do want to meet and kind of talk this out? >> they expressed an interest in coming to the white house and,
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you know, i think that that will likely happen. >> announcer: "this week" with george stephanopoulos. >> after a week of duelling press conferences and closed door negotiations, it's clear that congress will not meet the president's august make-or-praek deadline for health care. the president put off both till september. while speaker of the house pelosi holds out some hope for a voke, house democrats have not agreed on an approach. in a bitter war of words with the president in the last couple of weeks when you said the health care issue could be obama's waterloo and that his plans will destroy america's health care system. >> the numbers are hard to trust, george. this is not personal against the president. i like the president but he's out of control. he's been leading a stampede of more spending, debt and
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government takeovers. he's taken a bad economy and made it worse. he used a lot of false promises and bogus numbers and panic to push through the stimulus. the promises have not panned out. now he's trying to use the same strategy on health care. i think even kent has had reservations. let's slow done and get this right. my goal is to protect the right of every american to make their own health care decisions. if we can do that, we can come up with a bill. >> slow down and get it right. is there any meeting of the minds here? >> the critical thing is if we did get this right, this is going to affect of american. very few initiatives affect every single american. it's critically important we get it right. but that shouldn't be used as a pretext to kill it. i mean, jim i think has been very clear. he wants to kill it. and i think that would be a tragedy because we've got a crisis here for the country.
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>> announcer: this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >> let me talk about a another difficult area and that's russia where there has been an attempt by the president to say we're going to reset this relationship. vice president biden who was traveling in the region talked to the wall street journal and his comments raised eyebrows. this is what he said: the reality is the russians are where they are, they have a shrinking population base, a withering economy, a banking sector that is not likely able to withstand the next 15 years. they're clinging to something in the past that is not sustainle. is he speaking for the president and is the message essentially that the u.s. has the upper hand when it's dealing with russia? >> no and i don't think that's at all what the vice president meant. remember the vice president was the first person in the administration in an important speech which he gave in munich, germany shortly after president obama's inauguration that we wanted to reset or relationship
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with russia. and we know that that's not easily done. it takes time, it takes trust building and we want what the president called for during his recent moscow summit. we want a strong, peaceful and prosperous russia. and so there is an enormous amount of hard work being done and we view russia as a great power. >> i don't think you could see the cast there. by now almost everyone knows she had that broken elbow. she says even though she has physical therapy every day, one of the challenging things is all the hands she's supposed to shake, especially during these overseas trips. >> part of the job, she's a diplomat. also, a lot of talk about her future, much speck lags, will she run for president herself? she sort of put the damper on that by basically saying it's extremely unlikely. >> famous last words, though. >> i think we heard that from
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her before. >> those are the key words right before someone announces. >> we're starting to see the next presidential race shape up already. sarah palin. who knows. stick around, insomniac theater coming up.
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>> insomniac theater time. this week vinita and i went looking for love in all the wrong places. >> we both saw rtic >> insomniac theater time. stars. this movie had zero stars so i expected very little. the plot is she plays a morning show producer and she has a
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really horrible male chauvinist correspond et. they make an agreement. he says if i can't get you the i go of your dreams, i'll leave the show. he teaches her how to talk on the phone, do all the things she needs to understand in order to get her man. of course her big concern is one simple thing. take a listen. >> i don't want to be perceived as a bimbo. >> and i don't want to you be a bimbo. you have to be two people, saint and the sinner, the librarian and the stripper. on the one hand you have to push the guy away with cold indifference and on the other hand you have to be a sexually teasing tornado. >> i have to say the movie -- i have to say this movie is raunchy and it's not raunchy because of nudity. it's raunchy because of the language and dialogue. it's very predictable, it's about 0ments longer than it
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needed to be. i have to give it two and a half kernels. i don't know if it's worth going to see. >> wait for the video to see that according to vinita. >> i saw a great one called "500 days of summer." it's about a girl named summer. she goes to work at a growthing card company where she she goes to work at a greeting card company where she meets ted, a wanna-be architect stuck in an undesirable job writing greeting cards. >> well, you're a perfectly adequate greeting card writer. >> thank you. that was actually my nickname in college, they called me perfectly adequate handsome. >> they used to call me anal girl. i was very neat and organized. >> that joke got a lot of laughs in the movies. this is the first movie i've ever laughed in the first 15 seconds.
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>> >> missing influence. as president obama pushes for health care reform, the impact senator ted kennedy's absence is having on the debate. >> he's the only person i know who can corral them and get them to do what's right. >> then america's national mall is? desperate need of a makeover. the growing price tag and the people reluctant to pay for it. >> and under new management. the police department that now protects and serves donuts. >> i always wanted to be knee deep in dough. >> it's monday, july 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> we had to convince that officer to eat a donut on camera. he said i don't want those stereotypes about cops eating donuts >> good actor. >> they were good. i should have brought some back. maybe they'll send us some. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. lawmakers on capitol hill remain deeply divided over the best way to fix the nation's health care system. democrats in the senate say they're going to need republican help to get the voice passed. >> one influential voice missing is that of senator kennedy, who is battling brain cancer? >> reporter: here on capitol hill, nearly everyone agrees if things would be different if the liberal lion were here. as he stays home in massachusetts for treatment of a brain tumor and an occasional sailing trip, senators say he's closely monitoring the debate on c-span and e-mail but his influence is said to be limited by his increasing difficulty in communicating. >> he's willing to make it a
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true bipartisan bill. >> now the health care reform he calls the cause of his life is stalled. with democrats waivering in their support, the senate is nearly certain to miss president obama's deadline to pass it by august. >> there are not the vote for democrats to do this just on our side of the aisle. >> friends say when it comes to a vote, if kennedy has the strength, nothing will stop him from returning to vote. >> if they can get a bill put together, he'll be one of those who will want to be there. >> reporter: it's been nearly three months since the last return of the setor from massachusetts. president obama has set a new deadline. he now wants a health care reform bill he can sign into law by the end of the year, a job made much more difficult by the absence of the issue's top advocate on capitol hill. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> sarah palin is now alaska's former governor with unclear plans for what she will do next. palin stepped down yesterday
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after a campaign-style speech to thousands of supporters. she said nothing about her political future. but she did unleash some harsh words on the media. >> you have such important jobs, reporting facts and informing the electorate and exerting power to influence. you represent what could and should be a respected, honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy. democracy depends on you and that is why -- that's why our troops are willing to die for you. so how about in honor of the american soldier, ya quit making things up. >> reporter: palin will speak at the ronald reagan library on august 8th. she is also expected to write a bach. her political action committee has already raised more than $1 million. >> this morning north korea is
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indicating it's open to one-on-one discussions with the u.s. about its nuclear ambitions. secretary of state clinton says the u.s. will only talk to north korea within a six-party format that includes its neighbors. >> police in mexico say they have the man who killed a border patrol agent last week in san diego county. agent robert rosas was shot to death as he worked alone tracking illegal immigrants in a remote area. his murder led to a massive man hunt. the fbi offered $100,000 for any information. mexican police say the suspect had a border patrol issued gun in his clothing when he was arrested. >> there could be another twist in the arrest of henry louis gates which touched off a national debate on race. the woman who initially called 911 told the "boston herald" she never said black men were breaking into the house. she wants the world to know she's not a racist. the 911 tape has yet to be made
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public. it appears the white house meeting between gates and the officer who arrested him will take place soon. here's yunji de nies. >> reporter: this is sergeant james crowley on friday taking an unexpected phone call. >> you could hear a pin drop. all these guys looking at each other going is this a hoax? >> reporter: david runs this bar, a cambridge police favorite. crowley was here when the president called out of the blue to clarify his comments about crowley's arrest of professor gates. the two spoke for five minutes. when he hung up, the bar went wild. >> people were high fiving, sergeant crowley was probably the quietest man in the bar. i looked over at his face. what i saw was like a cocktail of emotion. >> reporter: perhaps inspired by the setting, crowley suggested that he, the president and gates meet for a beer. the white house says they'd like that meeting to happen in the next few days. >> the beer at the white house starts the conversation.
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>> reporter: cambridge meyer will continue that in a forum on race later this month. >> how do we not focus on what happened but what we need to take place so it doesn't happen again. >> reporter: because while not everyone can go to the white house, plenty of people have something to say. yunji de nies, abc news, cambridge. >> when the stock markets open this morning, investors will be hoping a recent winning streak continues. the dow begins the week at 9093. it has climbed 11 points in the last two weeks. traders will be watching new earnings reports for signs of a better health. >> the violent weather that ripped through the new york city area is tapering off this morning but it is leaving behind a big clean-up job. torrential downpours, hail, lightning and powerful winds battered the area yesterday
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knocking down trees and power lines. saturday a tornado touched down in upstate new york, tearing through four miles and damaging more than two dozen homes. i was out earlier in the evening last night. there were tree limbs down in the middle of new york city. it was pretty crazy. >> now here's a look at your weather for today: just scattered showers in the northeast today, rain and thunderstorms from the carolinas to florida and along the gulf coast. strong storms around the great lakes today. thunderstorms in the southern rockies. >> 83 in colorado spring, 91 in albuquerque. near 21 degrees above normal in the pa sick northwest. highs in the 80s for st. louis indianapolis and fargo. 87 here in new york, baltimore and atlanta. >> doesn't it seem like we do a lot of stories about robots? >> they're all equally as creepy. >> here's another one for you. cutting edge technology is creating humanoid robots like we've never seen before. are they on track to outsmart man? wouldn't be tough to do.
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>> this would make you wonder if it could happen. this guy can open doors and navigate on its own. when it's running out of juice, it can actually find a socket where it can recharge all without any human guidance. >> it stays alive basically. one scientist says if we're lucky in the future super smart robots will treat us like pets. if we're unlucky, they'll treat us like food. they're going to kill us all. >> i'm glad you're so realistic about the outcome there. we'll be right back. ♪ i can do, it i can do it ant a cleaner
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infect up to 40% of americans over the next two years if there is no swift action in the government. here's stephanie cy. >> reporter: ah, summer camp. when the most you used to have to worry about was poison ivy and mosquitoes. ♪ now i don't want this should scare you but my bunk mate has malaria ♪ >> reporter: that was until swine flu reared its ugly head. >> within the moment the first bus arrived into camp someone had a fever and was immediately quarantined. it grew. we had one case, then two. >> reporter: then dozen this camp in maine had 94 cases, afflicting kids as young as 7. >> how many of you have had swine flu this summer? five of you? >> it didn't really feel like the real flu. it just felt like you had a cold. >> reporter: at the peak there
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were nearly 70 campers and counselors that had to be isolated at one time in a room like this. the required amount of time for quarantine, a whole week. >> reporter: the experiences of swine flu in summer camp has really taught us how easily this virus can be transmitted in a residential setting with young people. >> reporter: police tape separated sick campers from the others. >> it felt like you're zoo animals. >> reporter: all three swartz brothers got it. >> the worst part about it it was all of a sudden. >> i did not feel good at all. i got my temperature checked and it was 103. >> reporter: the camp took the extreme measure to offering tamiflu to all campers and counselors. with campers living in close quarters, it seemed a necessary solution. hygiene and coughing etiquette were drilled into the campers. >> we took at least 6,000 temperatures. >> reporter: surviving swine
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flu has become a sort of badge of pride here symbolized by t-shirts and bead bracelets. >> it was known as the swine symbol. >> it's the closest thing to the hazard symbol we could find. >> reporter: most reported cases have been mild but health experts say summer camp season is only a precursor to the school year. >> we'll have to figure out who to detect it early, isolate people with symptoms and treat appropriately. >> reporter: stephanie cy, abc news, belgrade, maine. >> surgical mask are something you doesn't always see at summer camp. the cdc expects twice the number of people who normally get regular flu to get swine flu. >> this could be interesting. they're talking about doing a series of shots depending on how old you are. something we haven't seen really before.
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>> they're saying if you get this shot, they really expect the numbers to go down. >> the national mall in washington, d.c. is the most visited national park, really considered a treasure. >> this summer tourists don't like what they see. rachel martins reports. >> reporter: it's home to lincoln and jefferson, dramatic from a distance but up close the mall is a mess. big patches of dead grass, dirty water, which has even killed some ducks. >> i thought it would be really clean but when i looked at it, it really smelled. >> reporter: the biggest problems are the sea wall near the jefferson memorial. >> the sea walls are sinking and moving north. that's a very bad thing. >> reporter: and the reflecting pool built in 1924. >> since that time we've been repairing and repairing it but we get leaks in the foundation constantly. >> reporter: the interior
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department says repairing the mall will cost nearly $400 million. the park service was allocated those to $56 million from the stimulus bill but some members of congress even oppose that. >> i believe strongly that the mall ought to be kept up, part of our normal discussion, not part of. emergency process? >> reporter: so why can't they find the money to take care of the national park right outside its door? >> you're not going to find people who are going to spend political capital that isn't going to help them deliver votes back home. >> reporter: and back home is never washington, d.c. the capital has no voting representative in congress. congress doesn't scrimp when it comes to its own buildings and lawn main attend by a staff of nearly 2,000.
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but america's front yard continues to fall into disrepair. >> i'm terribly embarrassed when i come out and see this like this because i know how we want it. sometimes you just need a little help to do that. >> reporter: help that so far has been slow to come from the capitol, just a stone owes throw away. >> it is disappointing to see when you consider for how many people that is the the family vacation. like rachel mentioned, it really is an issue of politics. the other projects do have powerful congressmen who represent them. >> big projects in washington state, west virginia, money that could have gone to places like the national mall. it's such a gorgeous place. dc is beautiful regardless. it would be nice to have some nice grass growing there. >> when we come back, a ballpark smooch that is get
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>> all >> all right.
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we start this morning with a good picture because it basically confirms all of the rumors that have been going on about a-rod and kate hudson. >> finally. >> take a look at this. they are definitely together. that's more than just friends right there. this is taken at the team's annual family picnic. there's been plenty of speculation about the two of them. they were there, they were kissing. his kids were there. even though they'd only been photographed two weeks ago together, they're together. >> there was all this paparazzi of them sneaking into places one after the other. now finally right there in public the smooch seen 'round the world. the stage manager tonight thinks they look cute together, right? all right. >> she moves quick. >> she does. there have been several kissing partners. >> octo mom, the contracts are signed, the is are dotted, the ts are crossed, the ink is dry and apparently these kids are
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about to get paid. this reality show is going to happen. we now know that the children will each earn $250 a day to star in this reality show. when you add it all up collectively the kids will get about $250,000 over three years pending a judge's approval. basically part of it will have to be put into a trust for when they're 18 but most it have can just go to whoever, i guess. this is from the same people who produce "breaking bonaducci" and "the biggest loser." get ready, like it or not they're coming to a reality tv show near you. >> is there any premise -- >> i think it's just mom trying to raise -- >> they're so young. ion i don't know how that dialogue -- >> would you watch that? >> i think i might watch it once for the freak value of it all. >> i'm sure they're banking on that. >> good news for amy winehouse. interesting defense and they decided she is not guilty of deliberately hitting a fan. part of her defense, more or
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less, came down to height. she said at 5'3" wearing ballet flats, there's no way she could have punched a woman who is 5'7". after a two-day trial, they've found she's not of pushing a woman in the eye. she says she was too short and she was scared. she will not be incarcerated like her poor blake. >> and he's not incarcerated. >> and no longer hers. >> i had a little gut check with my boy tracy morgan. i'm walking through new york and i see this yellow lamborghini. i'm with my friend also named jeremy. i see a guy and i'm like that's tracy morgan. i expected him to be kind of in a hurry and he's like, no, that's fine. we have a little snapshot. >> it's so nice to hear he's as cool as his character on "30
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he's cool, funny, grinning ear to ear. >> what did that necklace say? >> number one dad. >> that's great. we need more jeremy pictures. we need more jeremy pictures.
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small town donut shop in michigan have done something pretty sweet. >> police officers are reinforcing a stereotype and i found out it's a real success story. >> in the town of claire, michigan, a half dozen stores have recently shut their door. the local change is a donut shop. a group of loyal customers stepped in at the last minute and saved the place. and they already knew a thing or two. >> no calories added. >> about donuts. >> now i know where all the cops are. >> reporter: the claire police department now protects and serves -- donuts. ignoring that ol' cliche, earlier this month they bought the bakery. >> took us about ten minutes to decide we wanted to keep it
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going and let's buy it. >> customers are lining up from all over the country. both amazed and certain. >> if the police would take their time and money and invest in a local business so that they could stay here instead of going under. >> since we've kind of taken advantage of the so-called stereotype, people are drawn to us. >> reporter: they're rolling out 120 dozen long johns, fritters and fry cakes every day and can barely step up. but that's good news because here in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation, this one business has already created new jobs. already they've received calls from entrepreneurs wanting to franchise their idea. >> do you like your donut? for now the officers are content to save their own home, one donut at a time. they all pooled their money and they're having a real good time
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